Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Small business to take it on the chin in City Council @ 7:00?

(There's a presentation on Hoboken parking early in the meeting worth viewing)

Hoboken's business community often beleaguered based on pronouncements in recent years will be facing another challenge when regulation is proposed mandating sick pay in firms of ten or more.

The controversial regulation found itself on the agenda without any committee meetings or community outreach according to multiple independent sources. Grafix Avenger issued analysis stating it's driven by political purposes to impress Governor candidate in waiting, NJ State Senator Steve Sweeney.

Earlier reports suggest Councilwoman Beth Mason is seeking to obtain approval to win the Lt. Governor's slot on a possible Sweeney bid for governor should Chris Christie move to run for president. Mason previously tried to purchase the approval of State Senator Brian Stack for the Assembly seat he controls covering Hoboken and part of Jersey City in 2013.

That attempt failed after rumors of a bidding war between the Mason family and perennial Hoboken politico Frank "Pupie" Raia reached seven figures for the seat and echoed in Hudson County with fear it could become a Blagojevich affair. In the end, the departing Assemblyman Ruben Ramos is thought to have convinced Stack to go with current Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia.

That selection proved controversial in its own right with the incessant drive to redevelop the 15 acres in downtown Hoboken spanning its Housing Authority yielding millions in developer profit with the brochured plan Vision 20/20.

So here we are looking at a resolution copied almost word for word from one recently passed in Jersey City. Although a guest piece yesterday focused on the hospitality industry and the negative impact it could have, the proposal impacts ALL Hoboken based businesses with ten or more employees.

Talking Ed Note: Any potential impact of the resolution won't be felt by sponsor Councilwoman Terry Castellano who employs several people at her thrift shop on lower Washington Street, nor Beth Mason who calls herself "a small business owner." The business referenced is believed to be a bevy of political operatives who may be paid through a shady entity called Newton, Lao, Leonard & Locke.

Beth Mason's claimed 12 year career at "the company" has been deemed a sham by none other than Hoboken's satirical columnist Grafix Avenger, who investigated the suspicious entity more than three years ago.

Sidebar: As a reminder, the Ustream app available on both the iPhone and iPad allows you to watch the Hoboken City Council meeting without commercial interruption.

MSV wins another politically ginned up harassment case


A harassment complaint filed against MSV last June during a Hoboken Housing Authority meeting was dismissed in Hoboken Municipal Court earlier today.

A woman making the charge, an HHA resident was incited to submit the falsified complaint by a well known Beth Mason political operative standing next to her at its June meeting.

A HPD officer came over to several people standing along the wall near MSV after the alleged "incident" saying, "What are you children?" Soon after more Hoboken Police arrived to take the woman's complaint.

Since 2010, MSV has faced almost half a dozen filed complaints. The charges invariably revolve around Councilwoman Beth Mason and her well known political operatives seeking to advance her political career. 

The latest harassment charge was filed against MSV, this time by Beth Mason herself the week of September 15th after an initial attempt to deliver a legal subpoena. A change of venue was reported in yesterday's story.

Related: The original MSV story covering the HHA June meeting: "Insubordination mounts as the Banana Republic unravels."

In August, MSV was targeted during a special HHA meeting at City Hall, avoiding assault but was robbed of a camera bag containing equipment and wallet. None of the stolen items were returned and the story with unedited video was captured in "The Fracas."

From the June 16th MSV story:

Beth Mason with her political operative Matt Calicchio at the HHA meeting.
Coordinating an alleged victim claiming harassment while MSV was moving a chair to take notes
he approached on the early recess repeatedly saying,
"How's your dead brother."

Next: More on the four hour meeting marathon. During the meeting, as MSV moved an empty chair from the rear of the room to the front and sat three feet from the HHA Board dais, a charge of being shoved filed as "harassment" was claimed by a Hispanic woman. Working in tandem standing directly to her right, Beth Mason political operative Matt Calicchio. This with dozens of people and the HHA board in sight and a police officer standing not seven feet away.

The Hoboken police took the false allegation and a ticket is slated to be mailed in yet another court action against this editor.

An earlier 2012 harassment charge was lodged by Matt Calicchio himself, claiming he was repeatedly contacted by MSV against his will. Calicchio's false claim he requested the alleged contact cease was thrown out of Jersey City Municipal Court.

During an early recess prior to the phony harassment claim, Calicchio came within three feet attempting to take a dozen photos on his cell phone claiming MSV was "an elected official."

He followed repeatedly saying, "How's your dead brother."